Long Islander's Blog – February 2014 Archive (27)

Sen. Alfond’s wind energy stance begs tough questions (PPH)

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During his impassioned presentation, Alfond voiced displeasure with critics who’ve questioned the ethical standing of his sponsorship of L.D. 1750. For a moment, his voice cracked.

He then turned and threw Commissioner Patricia Aho and the Department of Environmental Protection under the bus, charging the DEP with unreliability, inconsistency and a lack of transparency when evaluating his cronies’ wind permits. 

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2014 at 8:43pm — 1 Comment

Environment Destroying and Treasury Draining Wind Industry Now Trying To Sell Itself on Morality (BDN)

Huckster industry is now preaching what's moral. A new level of brass.

With wind, Maine has obligation to generate clean energy locally, export it, grow economy

Posted Feb. 27, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Should large hydroelectricity be counted as clean energy? (Boston Globe)

Legislation raises question: What is clean energy?

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Battle over CMP's rate proposal pits profits against renewable advocates

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Battle over CMP's rate proposal pits profits against renewable advocates…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2014 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

LD 616 - The voice of the people is not a “layer of bureaucracy" as thought by legislators (PPH)

All Maine residents' input on wind power deserves to be heard

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"Opponents of this bill spoke at length of the benefits we would realize from wind energy, but only when pressed by Rep. Larry Dunphy, R-Embden, did any comment on the issue of citizen rights. Many persisted in ignoring that point.

Those who did address the question expressed regret for this consequence, but went on to describe the inconvenience of allowing local residents to be…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2014 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

PPH - Maine Appalachian Trail Groups Agree to Support New England's Biggest Wind Installation When $700,000 is Introduced

Posted: February 18

Updated: Today at 12:10 AM
 

Maine wind project wins support of conservation groups

They drop opposition after the company proposing the project creates a $700,000 land fund.

By Kaitlin Schroeder …

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Added by Long Islander on February 21, 2014 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

BDN - Southern Maine Dems Suppressing Citizen Rights and Interfering with DEP

The suspicious timing of this bill is as bizarre as the bill itself. It looks like a favor to the wind industry so specific projects can qualify for "free" taxpayer money.

By streamlining wind approval, Maine Legislature is preparing to sell out northern Maine

Posted Feb. 19,…
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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

PPH - LePage administration opposes change to Maine wind project evaluations

Shame on imperious Justin Alfond for submitting and cheer leading this taxpayer leeching corporation bill which suppresses Mainers' rights. A new low in disgracefullness and chutzpah.

LePage administration opposes change to Maine wind project evaluations…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Clyde MacDonald and Michael Smith on Wind (BDN)

Clyde MacDonald

As a lifelong Democrat, I am concerned about the inroads out-of-state wind corporations have made on our politics. The latest example is Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond’s bill that I call the “Corporate Windpower Revenge Act.” It would, in effect, retaliate against the Department of Environmental Protection for rejecting two questionable wind power site applications and against Maine residents who wish to have their concerns taken…

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Added by Long Islander on February 18, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

LD 1750 discussion starting right now (3:30PM) - Live Audio at Maine Energy & Utilities Committee

Tune-in alert 1:00PM Today (Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014) - Live Audio at Energy & Utilities Committee
Please turn on your speakers and spread the word. 
Note that there will be dead air until the meeting starts.…
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Added by Long Islander on February 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Wind energy: Chalk it up as a loss

Wind energy: Chalk it up as a loss

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...it was only two years ago that anyone who publicly opposed wind turbines was considered a social pariah and practically ostracised from society as if they were modern-day lepers. Things have changed. Not a day goes by without a new story slamming wind energy or highlighting the increasing wind farm opposition across the UK. Just as it was once popular to support wind energy, it has almost...almost...become…

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Added by Long Islander on February 18, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Susan Cook: Justin Alfond’s ‘emergency’

Justin Alfond’s ‘emergency’

GUEST COLUMN
BY SUSAN COOK

Dear President Justin,

Do you mind if I call you that? We’ve never met or spoken so “Justin” seems a…

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Added by Long Islander on February 17, 2014 at 8:24pm — 5 Comments

Kay Michka: Fellow Mainers, beware (BDN)

Support LD 616

Fellow Mainers, beware. You may have recently received a pre-addressed postcard informational mailing from a group called windforme.com. It stated that the bill LD 616 is about “bad policies.”

Please realize exactly who sent you that information. Research windforme.com to find it is “supported and managed by … wind power…

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Added by Long Islander on February 17, 2014 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Landowners cash in on timber they don’t cut (Maine Sunday Telegram)

Landowners cash in on timber they don’t cut

Two Maine groups are being paid to manage their forests for carbon dioxide reduction that will offset pollution by industry.

By North Cairn ncairn@pressherald.com

Staff Writer…

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Added by Long Islander on February 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Where Wind Studies Go Wrong: Cullen in AEJ

Where Wind Studies Go Wrong: Cullen in AEJ (Part I)

Where Wind Studies Go Wrong: Cullen in AEJ (Part…

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Added by Long Islander on February 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

MAINE COMPASS: In Augusta, it’s all about big wind, big money, but Maine is not for sale

This editorial piece now appears in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

Maine Compass: Industrial wind power a catastrophe on every level

This editorial piece now appears in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/MAINE_COMPASS__Industrial_wind_power_a_catastrophe_on_every_level_.html

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Maine Today Media - Bingham hearing pits First Wind project backers against opponents

Bingham hearing again pits First Wind project backers against opponents

The Department of Environmental Protection is expected to issue a final ruling on the proposal in the spring.

BY DOUG HARLOW…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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